A regimental history is probably of interest to descendants, local history buffs and regimental history collectors. I feel one does not need a degree in history or writing to write a decent regimental history. It takes someone with a true interest in the story that evolves as research is conducted with an expectation and question "how with this story end?" Writing a regimental history is such an adventure. As I wrote about the 19th Ohio I almost felt that I was there with them. A tear came into my eyes as I wrote the very last sentence ". . . the Regiment, as an organized fighting force, ceased to exist." The experience has made me aware of so much nineteenth century American history and geography.I'm working on a regimental history right now. No real high hopes of success, but working on it nights and weekends is more entertaining than watching Netflix.
I'll be sure to check back here more often!
I have no idea how much sales there is for most regimental histories. Probably never a best seller unless it is of some very significant regiment and that history is probably already written, perhaps several times.
Why use a publisher? There is probably little profit for a publisher in such writing anyway. Except for the pandemic, local marketing is fairly easy and even fun. I was simply looking for a history of the19th Ohio. Finding none, I figured if I wanted to read one, I'd have to write it.
If you have a topic or specific regiment, go for it. It's your project.
Best of luck. I can be reached as well.